Three local teams ranked in latest poll
Sterling’s girls basketball team and the boys basketball teams from both Rock Falls and Newman each moved up in the latest
Associated Press poll.
Sterling (21-4) jumped up a spot to No. 9 in the Class 3A girls poll, while rival Geneseo is receiving votes.
Rock Falls (24-2) moved up a spot to No. 8 in the 3A boys poll, one slot ahead of Ottawa. Newman (24-3) rounded out the top 10 in 2A.
Sterling’s Williams to play at UW-Whitewater
Sterling senior Marquez Williams will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Williams is a two-time second-team all-area selection. He was named a first-team NIB-12 West running back after rushing for 572 yards and 13 touchdowns on 81 carries in 2018.
Williams will be reunited with former Sterling teammate Nyrel Sullivan at UW-Whitewater.
The Warhawks compete in the NCAA Division III’s Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, won six national championships in a span of 8 years from 2007-14, and went 13-1 last season while winning their 36th WIAC title.
Notre Dame WR charged with assault
Notre Dame redshirt sophomore receiver Javon McKinley has been charged in an assault on two campus officers.
Court documents say McKinley punched the officers around 4 a.m. Sunday as they tried to help him from an Uber vehicle to his dorm at the school in South Bend. The officers said he had passed out in the car and that they smelled alcohol on his breath.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the 6-foot-2-inch and 215-pound McKinley is charged with misdemeanor battery and illegal consumption of alcohol.
McKinley has been released on bond and is due in court Feb. 28.
Mississippi St. draft prospect tears ACL
Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons tore the ACL in his left knee while working out in Florida last weekend.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simmons, a potential first-round pick in April’s NFL draft, released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday. He said he was going through position drills while training in Boca Raton, Florida when the injury occurred.
He said he will have surgery early next week.
veteran WR Thomas
The Houston Texans have released veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose 2018 season ended prematurely when he tore his left Achilles tendon.
Thomas played seven games for Houston last season, making 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He was acquired in October from Denver for a fourth-round draft pick this April. The Texans and Broncos also switched seventh-round selections.
The injury occurred in Houston’s next-to-last game. He would have made $14 million in the upcoming season, the last of his contract signed with the Broncos.